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Big Lies Risk Confrontation with Russia

August 30th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Claims about Russia invading Ukraine are fabricated. Big Lies proliferate. MSM scoundrels feature them. More on this below.

On Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki lied saying "we're seeing…a pattern of escalating aggression in Ukraine from the Russians and Russian-backed separatists."

"And it's clear that Russia has not only stepped up its presence in eastern Ukraine and intervened directly with combat forces - armored vehicles, artillery, and surface-to-air systems - and is actively fighting Ukrainian forces as well as playing a direct supporting role to the separatist proxies and mercenaries."

The White House is considering a range of options, she said. "We have additional tools and sanctions that we could certainly choose to put in place."

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Fact-Checking Obama

August 30th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Obama long ago lost credibility. Nothing he says can be believed. He lies, deceives and misinforms.

His political career reflects it. He can't be trusted.

On August 28, he held a short press conference. He did so ahead of America's Labor Day weekend.

He began with a statement before taking questions. It's painful listening to his dissembling.

His comments exclude telling Americans what they most need to know. Willful deception substitutes.

His agenda excludes good faith. His public posturing reflects it. His war against American workers went unexplained ahead of the day commemorating their struggles.

His support for corporate America facilitates permanent job losses, lower wages, fewer benefits, gutted work rules, less health and safety protection, and forfeited security through lost benefits and pensions.

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Gaza War Postmortems

August 30th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Israel's Operation Protective Edge (OPE) was well-planned premeditated aggression.

It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets. It wasn't about crushing Palestine's legitimate government.

Israel needs enemies. When none exist, they're invented. They're blamed for Israel's crimes.

OPE was about preventing Palestinian self-determination. It was to maintain occupation harshness. It was to keep stealing Palestinian land.

It was to expand settlements exponentially. It was to control all valued parts of Judea and Samaria.

It was to keep Palestinians confined on isolated bantustans on worthless scrubland. It was to steal their resources.

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Ukraine: US-EU Puppet Regime in Free Fall

August 29th, 2014

The Saker

(Image: U.S. Asst Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, and President Petro Poroshenko in happier days. Creative Commons US Dept of State)

Reposted from Vineyard of the Saker (with permission)

The Ukrainian civil war has reached a turning point and a lot of separate facts point to this conclusion:

Military situation on the ground

The Ukies are losing, badly. All the reports from Novorussian sources agree that the Ukie forces are either surrounded or in full retreat. But Ukies sources also confirm this. In Kiev, angry demonstrations by nationalists accuse the military high command of minimizing the real casualty figures, of having abandoned the forces fighting in the Donbass. Even Oleg Liashko has stated that the Ukie forces have been "betrayed". Demonstrations have taken place in front of the Ukie General Staff. Many Right Sector protesters are demanding the creation of a "generals battalion" which would be formed of only generals who would be sent to fight personally (an excellent idea, which I fully approve of!). Others are also demanding the resignation of the Ukie Minister of Defense. Ukrainian woman are regularly stopping military convoys on the roads, often by standing or lying down in front of trucks, to prevent their men from being sent to death.

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Targeting Syria

August 29th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

On Tuesday, Obama addressed the American Legion's annual convention in Charlotte, NC. More on his speech below.

The next day, the so-called UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (COI) issued its latest anti-Assad report.

Its mandate is investigating human rights abuses. It's a pro-Western imperial tool. Paulo Pinheiro heads it. His reports bear testimony to his bias. He largely blames Assad for Western-sponsored crimes.

Last summer, Syria's permanent UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari addressed the General Assembly, saying:

"The Commission of Inquiry on Syria is still deliberately blowing things out of proportion when displaying its findings, also fully disregarding or downplaying core issues.

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Tags: assad, obama, syria

The Russians Are Coming Big Lies

August 29th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Anti-Russian lies keep repeating. So many proliferate, it hard keeping up. The latest is over-the-top and then some.

It accuses Russia of launching a major offensive against Ukrainian forces.

Accusations without evidence are made. Kiev sources are cited. They've been caught red-handed lying many times.

Nothing they say is credible. It doesn't matter. Major media scoundrels repeat their rubbish like gospel. More on this below.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed unsubstantiated reports "indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk."

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Could Obama's Legacy Be Destroyed by His Ukraine Policy? What to Do About It --

August 28th, 2014

It’s time for a post-Piketty vision of shared wealth

August 28th, 2014

Adam Parsons


Thomas Piketty

The latest bestseller in economics has done a great deal of service to progressives in highlighting the imperative of shared wealth. But given the social and ecological limits to economic growth, this emerging conversation on global sharing has to get a lot more radical.

There is no doubt that Thomas Piketty’s best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has done a great deal of good in highlighting the urgency of tackling spiralling levels of global inequality. But could his main policy prescription – an annual global tax on capital - lead to a genuine sharing of wealth within and across societies?

The Guardian columnist George Monbiot is one of the latest commentators to add his voice to the debate, outlining the importance of Piketty’s analysis and conclusions. Central to these conclusions is Piketty’s critique of the Kuznets curve graph, which in the 1950s appeared to show that inequality automatically declines as a society advances through increased economic growth and industrialisation.

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Washington Sabotages Russian/Ukrainian Summit

August 28th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Washington wants control over all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries.

It wants pro-Western governance replacing sovereign Russian independence.

It's part of its longstanding world dominance agenda. It wants all challengers eliminated.

On Monday, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in Minsk. It was their first official bilateral meeting. They discussed relevant geopolitical issues. Key is resolving Southeastern Ukraine's ongoing conflict.

Putin urges doing it peacefully. Poroshenko's continues war without mercy. He deplores democracy.

He wants freedom fighting self-defense forces crushed. He wants unchallenged hardline rule.

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Gaza Ceasefire: Hold the Cheers

August 28th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

On Monday, both sides agreed to open-ended ceasefire terms. Peace talks will resume in Cairo within a month.

Terms agreed on include opening border crossings, "enabl(ing) the rapid entry of humanitarian aid," as well as construction supplies for rebuilding.

Monitoring will ensure reconstruction is solely for civilian purposes.

Israel's blockade has nothing to do with security. In June 2010, McClatchy newspapers headlined "Israeli document: Gaza blockade isn't about security," saying:

Effective immediately, coastal fishing waters will expand from three to six nautical miles. They'll gradually increase to 12 miles by yearend.

Israel agreed to halt targeted assassinations. Days earlier, Netanyahu called Hamas leaders legitimate targets.

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